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Lutz Bacher – Snow

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in October 2014 Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. —Oscar Wilde What would you do if you could do it anonymously? It’s a funny question in the age of information when…

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@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco September 2014 If my art had nothing to do with people’s pain and sorrow, what is ‘art’ for? — Ai Weiwei With Ai Weiwei’s arrest in a Beijing airport in 2011, questions arose. What could one artist do to be perceived as a threat to authorities? The…

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Modernism from the National Gallery of Art at the de Young

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco August 2014 edition I hope that my painting has the impact of giving someone, as it did me, the feeling of his own totality, of his own separateness, of his own individuality. —Barnett Newman San Franciscans won’t have to wait for the MOMA to reopen to get…

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Vinyl: The Sound and Culture of Records

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in June 2014 “What’s that?” The question came from my nephew as he stood gazing at my turntable, the centerpiece of my life while I was growing up. “It’s a record player,” I explained, “and it plays music!” In many ways, it’s an age test. The Oakland…

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Alibis: Sigmar Polke

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in May 2014 You can’t exist in a vacuum, you are rooted in time. —Sigmar Polke Sigmar Polke is primarily known for his paintings. Alibis: Sigmar Polke, recently published by MOMA New York, illustrates the broad scope of the artists’ work which includes film, drawing, performance, photography installation,…

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Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in April 2014 Through May 11, 2014, the de Young presents an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings created at Lake George in upstate New York. These landscapes and botanical studies were created between 1918 and the early 1930’s during O’Keeffe’s annual summer trips to Alfred Stieglitz’s family…

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Looking inside: Artist Mike Kelley at L.A.’s MOCA

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in March 2014 The largest exhibition of Mike Kelley’s work will take up the entire space that is the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, from March 31 to July 28, 2014. Kelley’s body of work isn’t easily categorized — he was…

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Charles Plymell’s Early Writings Revisited in Benzedrine Highway

Originally published in the Marina Times San Francisco in February 2014 Plymell has as much to say about death as Hemingway did and a lot more to say about it in terms of the present generation stillborn into a world that can offer nothing. —William S. Burroughs “I was born in April 1935, during the…

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